A Weekend in the Highlands of Scotland
Scotland, home to kilts and bagpipes, is the perfect place to visit for a weekend away!
While the bigger cities in Scotland (such as Edinburgh and Glasgow) are great cities to visit, The Highlands offer a great alternative to big city traveling. Saying the countryside is beautiful is an understatement. It is full of stunning scenery, outdoor adventures, hiking trails, and rich history.
I did a tour of the Highlands with a company, Haggis Tour. We started and ended in Edinburgh. I would recommend the company – they give great tours and have great guides. Here are some highlights of Scotland for a weekend getaway!
St. Andrews – This is the home of golf and a magnificent place to see. It is right on the North Sea. If you are a golfer, you can explore the links and maybe even play a round of golf! Or wander around the university, which is over 600 years old and is the 3rd oldest university in the English-speaking world. The town is small but beautiful and charming!
Whiskey Tours! – There are various whiskey distillery tours you can go on. We went to Tomatin. Even as someone who doesn’t drink whiskey, it was so cool to learn about how they make whiskey and the work that goes into each bottle.
Culloden Moor – This is a battlefield where the last battle on mainland British territory took place. The battle lasted only one hour yet changed the way of the Highlands forever. It has beautiful sights of rolling hills and the Scottish countryside surrounding it. Even if you are no history buff, it is worth a stop to check it out and look around.
Inverness – This is a good place to stay for a night. It has a good nightlife and various pubs to eat with good food. Inverness is the capital of the Highlands and has a lively atmosphere. Visit the Inverness Art Gallery and Museum to learn more about the history of the Highlands. You could also visit the Inverness Botanic Gardens for a fun afternoon.
Loch Lomond- Breathtaking and stunning. It is Britain’s largest lake. When I heard of it previously (because of the Loch Ness Monster) I always assumed it would be dark and dreary. That is the farthest thing from what it is. Honestly, it was one of the most beautiful places I have ever been. There are mountains on the sides of the lake and the sunlight reflects off in a stunning way. You should also check out Urquhart Castle nearby too!
The West Highland Way – Walk the West Highland Way for the best way to experience Scotland’s landscapes. You can do either short or long hikes. Along the way, there are various places to stop and sleep or you can camp the traditional way.
Nearby is Fort Augustine, a cute little village where boats go through. There isn’t much to do, but they do have a few cute pubs and cafes. Also, the town is right on the water and is so beautiful that it is worth just stopping for the views.
Commando Memorial – This is a memorial that stands about 17 feet tall and honors the soldiers who died in the Second World War. It is comprised of three Commandos dressed in military uniforms and has them looking south. A plaque states “United We Conquer.” The Memorial is a special place to visit and it stands before breathtaking, scenic views.
Glencoe – Here is where they filmed various Skyfall and Harry Potter scenes. This place not only offers dramatic and beautiful scenery, but it also has a rich history. It is known as the “Outdoor Capital of the UK”. Year round, it is a paradise for hikers and climbers. In the winter, skiers and snowboarders are able to enjoy it. There is also sailing, mountain biking, white water kayaking, fishing, golf, archery and more! It is the perfect place to plan an outdoor escape.